Bamboo Shoots

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U.S. PREMIERE : DIRECTOR PRESENT
Director: JIAN YI

A naïve older gentleman attempts to save both himself and his entire village from complete humiliation by intercepting a care package to township offi cials that contains a most inappropriate New Year’s gift in producer/writer/editor/director Jian Yi’s playful satire of petty politics.

Old Yang (Wang Jianbao) is a fifty-something commoner who mistakes a prophylactic for a preservative and respectfully throws it in along with some bamboo shoots being sent to township offi cials as a New Years gift. Upon realizing the true purpose of the presumed preservative, the desperate Old Yang embarks on a Quixotic quest to retrieve the errant package before it reaches its intended destination.

An immediate and evocative journey through contemporary rural China, first fiction feature prize in Montreal. The film by independent director, visual artist and author, Jian Yi, comes out of a studio that has done more than 10 documentaries on Chinese village life. (*His definitive portrait of Chinese youth (2007), Super Girls, unscheduled as yet, may get an added fest spot while he is here, so check “Festo-O-Grams.”)

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CHINA • 2007 • 104 MINUTES • DIRECTOR: JIAN YI

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